Writer’s Digest Magazine

March/April 2018 Issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine is out!

Writer's Digest Magazine March-April 2018 CoverI just received the March/April 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine! All of the winners of the 25th Annual Book Awards are named in this issue, including Brought to Our Senses in the Mainstream/Literary Fiction category! Take a look here (click on image to enlarge for reading) or on the Writer’s Digest website. Help support these fine authors by buying some of these award-winning titles in the categories you read and enjoy. I’m going to add quite a few of these books to my own reading list! Continue reading

25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Mainstream Fiction Winner Brought to Our Senses

25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award: Mainstream FictionThe accolades continue for Brought to Our Senses with recognition in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. I’m thrilled to announce my family saga novel has been honored in the Mainstream Fiction category!

Literary Awards By the Numbers

This is the third literary award for Brought to Our Senses! (But who’s counting, right?) I’m always fascinated by the numbers, so here’s the scoop. Over 2,400 books were judged in this year’s Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and that’s a lot of books! Only 44 titles were selected from this huge pool, which means less than 2% of the books stayed afloat. With fierce competition and those slim odds, I would like to thank Writer’s Digest and the judges for finding my novel worthy of praise. Yes, it feels great … like happy dance fantastic!

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Six questions for an author interview

Sweet Spot Living Magazine Author Interview

Here’s a fun author interview from the January 2018 issue of Sweet Spot Living Magazine where I was asked to answer the following six questions about writing and my novel Brought To Our Senses:

  1. Did you find the writing to be therapeutic in dealing with the real-life emotions you were experiencing?
  2. What advice do you have for someone who wants to write a novel, but is struggling to get going?
  3. How did your love of music inspire your writing and storytelling?
  4. Has the book’s success exceeded your expectations?
  5. Do you have any plans for a second novel?
  6. If you could have lunch with any three writers from throughout history, who would you choose and why?

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Prairie Skies Public Library author event January 16, 2018

Book Reading and Signing

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6 pm
Prairie Skies Public Library, 555 Buckeye Road, Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

Prairie Skies Public Library Book Reading and Signing January 16, 2018Join me at Prairie Skies Public Library in Pleasant Plains, Illinois on Tuesday, January 16th at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. I’ll discuss my inspiration for writing Brought To Our Senses and share a reading from the novel. Got questions for me? I’ll do my best to answer them, and I’ll sign books for those who are interested. Thanks to Director Kathy Roegge for the invitation and for coordinating this event. I look forward to seeing enthusiastic readers there!

2017 reading challenge: my year in books

Surpassed my 2017 reading challenge goal!

2017 reading challengeOn the last day of 2017, I pause  to reflect on my 2017 reading challenge goal. I’m thrilled to report I’ve exceeded my objective by 25% this year! I joined my local library’s contemporary fiction book club last summer, and this reading group has positively influenced my reading habits. Not only that, but I’ve been exposed to some terrific books and alternative genres that I would not have discovered or tackled on my own. Continue reading

Family conflict and Alzheimer’s disease: navigating difficult waters

Alzheimer’s Association Programs by Phone November 14, 2017

Family conflict and Alzheimer's disease: navigating difficult watersThanks to Mike Bius and the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter for the fantastic discussion on November 14, 2017 for their educational Programs by Phone series.

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Alzheimer’s disease: dealing with family conflict

Family Conflict and Alzheimer’s disease: Alzheimer’s Association Educational Program topic for November

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Noon to 1 pm
Where: Listen live on your phone from anywhere or online afterwards
Register: www.AlzPhonePrograms.org

Alzheimer's disease: dealing with family conflictI’m honored to be participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Educational Programs by Phone in November during National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. This month’s program will focus on family conflict and Alzheimer’s disease and takes place on November 14, 2017 from noon to 1 pm.

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From the State Journal-Register: Brought to Our Senses author details long journey

State Journal-Register, November 2, 2017

‘Brought to Our Senses’ author details long journey

Local author to be recognized for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The State-Journal RegisterThanks to Dan Naumovich and the State Journal-Register for the fantastic November 2, 2017 article on my writing journey and book publication. You can read it at the link  provided or click on the image below to read it right here.

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Be Aware Women’s Fair October 21, 2017


WHAT: Supporting women’s overall health at the Be Aware Women’s Fair
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 am – 2 pm
WHERE: Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 4 H Rd, Springfield, IL 62702

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Springfield’s Own Magazine: Author Kathleen H. Wheeler

Springfield’s Own Magazine interview with author Kathleen H. Wheeler

Springfield's Own Magazine author Kathleen H. WheelerThanks to Springfield’s Own Magazine for the fantastic interview just published in their September/October 2017 medical issue! A special thanks to creative director Will Norris for his interest in my novel, writer Whitney Barnes for digging into the details, and photographer Immanuel Ahiable for taking some great shots. Following is a link to the article for those of you who are interested. If you have any questions after reading, fire away here in the comments! Continue reading